British Dragon Association welcomes first entry to Edinburgh Cup

Bluebottle – Restored racing yacht arrives at Royal Yacht Britannia, Leith May 2021. ©Helen Pugh Photography www.helenpughphotography.com

On completion of the full restoration of the iconic racing yacht Bluebottle in Cowes, the keelboat has become the first entry to this year’s British Dragon Association (BDA) Edinburgh Cup, national championships.

Built by Camper and Nicholson in 1947, Bluebottle was presented to the Queen and Prince Philip as a wedding present by the Island Sailing Club, Isle of Wight. In 1956 Bluebottle was loaned to the British sailing team competing at the Melbourne Olympics, with Lt Cdr Graham Mann at the helm, winning a bronze medal, the only British Dragon to have done so.

The Royal Yacht Britannia’s charitable trust is proudly welcoming the third and final Royal sailing yacht, Bluebottle, to join its historic fleet in Edinburgh, following the eighteen-month restoration undertaken by David Heritage Racing Yachts.

“It was a great honour to undertake the challenge of re-building such an iconic and famous racing yacht, and with the use of modern boat building techniques, bring her back to full racing condition,” says David Heritage. “It was also an honour to know that The Duke of Edinburgh was able to see photographs as the re-build progressed, but equally sad that he was unable to see the finished boat”.

“We are delighted that Bluebottle has been expertly restored to full racing trim and will be competing in the prestigious Edinburgh Cup,” says Simon Barter, BDA chairman.

Bluebottle‘s arrival in Edinburgh is the final part of a longstanding ambition by The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust to reunite the three historic vessels.

International Dragon Bluebottle (DK 192) will join the Flying Fifteen sailboat Coweslip (designed and built by the legendary Uffa Fox), and the classic 63ft ocean racing yacht Bloodhound.

Image courtesy of Helen Pugh.

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